Labor and Employment Services for Business

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Employment Law

Allen Summers represents management clients in all phases of employment law. Our lawyers are experienced in the following areas of employment law:

  • Employment discrimination litigation/EEOC Charges
  • Employment Contracts/Convenants Not to Compete
  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • Retailiatory Discharge
  • Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) litigation
  • Workers' Compensation Defense
  • Workplace privacy
  • Mandated Employee Benefits matters (COBRA)
  • State Human Rights Act charges/litigation
  • Drug Testing
  • Individual Employee Rights (employment at will, wrongful discharge, and related libel and slander litigation)
  • Employee fraud, theft, embezzlement
  • Unemployment Compensation
  • Veterans' reemployment rights
  • Separation agreements/waivers and releases

We represent clients before federal and state courts and administrataive agencies in employment cases. In addition, our lawyers regularly consult with and advise employers regarding the best ways to comply with applicable employment laws.

Class/Collective Action Litigation

The firm has substantial experience in representing its clients in class action lawsuits involving Title VII claims, as well as collective actions arising out of FLSA, and has a high success rate in the defense of these claims. The firm is very proactive in mounting defenses on behalf of the client, and has developed a protocol that has been very successful in reducing, and in some cases, eliminating substantial exposure. Its lawyers have obtained significant and favorable court rulings on class certification that are relied upon by counsel in Tennessee and elsewhere in the defense of such cases.

ERISA

The Employee Retirement Income Security Act presents numerous challenges for employers. Our lawyers represent employers in ERISA benefits litigation in federal and state courts.

Human Resources and Organizational Consulting Services

Our firm has a distinguished consulting practice that focuses on partnering with management representatives in order to meet the client’s human relations objectives. Our consulting services include:

  • Leadership and Organizational Assessments
  • Acquisitions/Mergers and Relocations
  • Assisting non-union operations as they seek to remain union-free
  • Policy and Procedure Development
  • Policy Manual/Handbook/Employment Application Reviews
  • Employee Opinion/Morale Surveys
  • Workplace violence prevention
  • Workforce Reductions
  • Separation Agreements/Waivers
  • Providing advice on potential terminations/discipline
  • Best HR Practices (incentive plans, bonuses)
  • Corporate Communications/management presentations
  • FMLA/ADA compliance audits
  • Compensation and benefit plan review, job analysis
  • Hiring procedures, including pre-employment screening
  • Drug testing and rehabilitation programs
  • Safety programs
  • Employee recognition
  • Reasonable accommodation analysis (ADA compliance)
  • Drafting/review of job descriptions
  • Peer Review and internal complaint resolution procedures
  • Team programs
  • Employee Roundtable meetings/listening meetings
  • HR conferences and seminars
  • Drafting employment contracts
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Labor Law

Our lawyers represent employers before courts, the Department of Labor (DOL) and the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in all phases of labor law, including:

  • NLRB Litigation - unfair labor practice charges
  • Union representation proceedings
  • Representing management during union organizing campaigns
  • Collective bargaining
  • Grievances/Arbitration and resulting litigation
  • Strike contingency planning and response/injunctions
  • WARN Act compliance
  • FLSA - Wage and Hour compliance and audits
  • Department of Labor Investigations/Litigation
  • State and Federal Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) investigations, citations, and hearings

Management and Supervisory Training Services

Our firm has provided excellent supervisory and management training for some of the nation’s most well-known corporations. Our training is customized to fit the client's environment, is interactive and provides practical solutions for supervisors and managers. Clients have asked us to facililtate training on the following topics:

  • Supervisory Leadership
  • Maintaining Positive Employee Relations
  • Change Management
  • Union Awareness (for non-union employers)
  • Grievance/Contract Administration (for unionized employers)
  • Team Building/Morale Building
  • Basic Employment Law for Supervisors
  • Unlawful harassment/Sexual Harassment in the Workplace
  • Positive Counseling, Discipline and Proper Documentation
  • Communications/Listening and Supervisory Interpersonal Skills
  • Workplace Violence Prevention
  • Personnel Management of the Injured Employee (Workers' Compensation, ADA, FMLA)
  • Reducing Workers' Compensation Liability
  • Interviewing Skills/Best Hiring Practices
  • Effective Performance Appraisals
  • Problem-Solving/Conflict Resolution
  • Dealing with difficult or problem employees
  • Proper Termination Procedures